Question: I have been reading fervently and cooking with your book Nourishing Traditions. Recently I have gone off birth control pills and have started taking DIM (Di-Indole Methane). My abdomen is so distended I look like I am carrying a bowling ball! I am not sure if this is all related or if the diet is catching up with me and I am eating too much food on the diet. In any event I love the nutritional side of this way of eating but I wonder if I am getting too much protein and fat. I am hoping it’s hormonal and thngs will settle down. What about the DIM? Thanks, Cyndy
Answer: I am not sure about DIM–I would certainly try going off that first. The bloating could be from digestive problems. I am not a practitioner, but would say to cut back on grains and perhaps take a digestive enzyme.
Question: I cannot get organic bones where I live (or should I eat loads of chicken but that’s difficult as I am alone). Is it better to make bone broth from not organic bones or not to eat bone broth at all? Kristina
Answer: Even if they are not organic, go ahead and use them to make broth.
Question: Same question for dairy: if I cannot get raw dairy, should I still eat some organic not-raw yoghurt or should I better avoid dairy all together? Kristina
Answer: Your body will tell you–you will just have to try. One thing you can always get is raw cheese.
Question: In your book you promote azomite mineral powder. Don’t you get calcium deposits from inorganic minerals? Aren’t inorganic minerals bad for you? I took dolomite and developed calcium deposits. Kristina
Answer: There is not much calcium in dolomite. Calcium deposits could be a sign of lack of fat soluble vitamins A, D and K.
Question: I’m wondering when (what date) Sally Fallon’s article Hemp Not For Human Consumption appeared. In one website it appeared with an industrial hemp article dated 2000. Since both citations in the article are from the 1990s, I’m wondering if the piece is that old and if Sally still feels that hemp isn’t a good human food. She didn’t respond to Shane’s comment on the blog which was that well cared for hemp seed from Australia is good for human consumption. Dick
Answer: The article was written in 2000 and as far as I know, hemp is the same today as it was then–a plant that was never used for food except in time of famine. When people were forced to eat hemp in England, they called it the “silly season.”
Question: Some of the literature puts hemp oil in the same nutritional bracket as fish oil. Given the methyl mercury levels, pcbs, fire retardant chemicals and other contaminants in fish, especially large & long-lived species, what would Sally say to someone who compares hemp Omega 3s and 6s to fish oil? Dick
Answer: We don’t recommend hemp oil and we don’t recommend fish oil–both overload the body with polyunsaturated fatty acids. We recommend high-vitamin fish LIVER oils to get vitamins A and D and small amounts of the elongated fatty acids like AA and DHA (which are not in hemp oil). Let’s not make the same mistake with hemp that we did with soy–use an industrial plant for food. People are drinking highly processed hemp “milk” and eating hemp bars–not appropriate, improperly prepared, full of inappropriate additives. Let’s leave those hemp seeds for the birds.
About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. Send us an email with your question and we'll put it to her.